When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it is called metastatic. It is a treatable, but incurable form of breast cancer that is the leading cause of death in women under 50 years of age.
In 2014 Hope Scarves Founder, Lara MacGregor, was diagnosed with stage IV, metastatic breast cancer nearly 7 years after her original stage 2 diagnosis. While this news rocked our world it also strengthened our organization. It made us realize hope is not contingent on beating cancer. Now, we focus on living life over cancer. In 2015 we established a Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Fund to broaden how we bring hope to people facing cancer. A portion of each dollar donated to Hope Scarves goes toward MBC research. Or, you can give directly to this fund and 100% goes to research.
Lara advocated passionately to help people, especially breast cancer survivors, understand the importance of supporting stage IV survivors and investing in metastatic research. It was her hope to transform understanding of metastatic breast cancer to accelerate treatment options, extend and, one day, save lives of those living with metastatic breast cancer.
Lara passed away from metastatic breast cancer on January 18th, 2022 a the age of 45.